The top-line cost estimate of $8.8 billion is a daunting figure. However, it is only the fourth most expensive set of efficiency standards released in 2014.
The conventional wisdom is that the energy sector has been a bright spot in an otherwise dull grey recovery. The conventional wisdom is right.
In recent years, several high profile administration rules have been overturned by the courts (“net neutrality” from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), “gainful employment” from the Department of Education) or withdrawn after a storm of public protest and comment (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Part D rule or the Internal Revenue Service rule for 501(c)(4) candidate-related activities). Why have agencies so regularly been unable to promulgate rules that stand the tests of judicial and public scrutiny?
Medicaid is the combined federal-state health insurance program for low-income Americans. It is also a centerpiece of Obamacare's coverage expansions, a questionable choice in light of the program’s history of limited access to actual health care by its beneficiaries.
Several financial regulations added more than $5.2 billion in costs this week. Monetized benefits were a paltry $700,000 and regulators finalized close to one million paperwork burden hours.
Analysts from across the spectrum agree that the federal budget is on an unsustainable trajectory.
In the depths of the Great Recession, a prominent scenario for the recovery went something like this: aggressive housing policies would rid the market of owners underwater on their mortgages, the sale of existing homes would quickly recover, and movement of homeowners into more attractive properties would drive prices back toward normal and generate incentives for new home construction.
Now years after the worst of the housing crisis, many are left wondering why the housing market appears stuck in neutral. The short answer: wages have not grown and many prospective buyers do not have the incomes or feel economically secure enough to purchase a home. Monthly job gains have finally picked up, but wages have been largely stagnant.
This month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will release data on the financial relationships between physicians and health care industry manufacturers for the first time. This data will be published under what is known as the “Sunshine Act,” and will allow public access to the financial interactions between doctors, drug manufacturers, device manufacturers, teaching hospitals, and other entities.
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released total Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment by zip code for states using the federal exchange.